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After two accidents which resulted in two micro fracture ops in 2009 and 2013 stem cell treatment and two years Physio weekly with knee off loaded for two years; my leg was bent out from the knee down to the right by over 12 degrees. I had TKR and Osteotomy on 9.1.18.
I had spinal so pain first day not too bad. That night hit me like thunder clap but think this was Osteotomy and straightening of leg not TKR. Day 1 walked around bed with Zimmer frame and sat out for short while. Had catheter so felt hindered with that. Did lots of deep breathing and drank lots and lots of wTer to flush my system.
Day 2 was on crutches; catheter removed in afternoon; drain removed at night. Had shower late afternoon. Felt very tearful which really is not like me. I’m an active 60 yr old divorced Mum of 4 grown up children, 3 live with me with 17month old Grandson; 2 dogs and a cat.
Day 3 walked with crutches around the room up and down to bathroom felt drowsy I think with pain killers. Walked up and down wArd and did stairs.
Day 4 - tired today but doing exercises and icing is really helping, knee is black and blue. Swelling is bad in my ankle and that really hurts. Don’t know why. Bend is 90 straightening -50.
Day 5 home - wheel chair to car. Got in no problem as bend is good. Good to be home but very tired.
Day 6 - icing taking pain killers and elevating a lot. Doing exercises. Using good leg to lift operated leg on and off bed by hooking foot under. Heel shuffles to bend knee and trying to straighten. I’m finding that harder than bending.
Day 7 - 1 week post op went out for cream tea; walked too far in bad rain on crutches but it was so worth it.
Day 8 - Physio today was surprised as still have staples in.
Days 9, 10 and 12 rest; exercises, pain relief and ice. Can’t believe I’m 2 weeks nearly post op. Staples out tomorrow - a little nervous as being told horror stories.
Was given the best advise - pain killers half hour before staples due out and ice. Not any where near as bad as I thought; few ouch moments but that is it. I have electric reclining chairs; really think they help with bend. Couple of days with wound leaking a little, nurse had put steri strips on so it soon heeled up.
Shower at home today - lovely as been having strip washes. Physio again. Deep tissue massage; thought he was being nice showing me how to massage scar. How wrong was I lol. Next day felt easier. Still using ice 5 to 6 times a day. Zapain and Ipbuprofen 4 hourly Zoplicone for sleep and sorely morph at night. Only used 10 mild 3 times though on 3 separate nights; mainly when doing a bit too much (dishwasher, putting washing on; ) tut tut.
Week 3 - Physio bend 110 straighten -35 getting there. Physio pleased.
Week 4 back at work (office based) 3 hrs a day for 3 days. Tired but happy.
Week 5 today; started on 5 hrs a day yesterday for all of this week; down to one crutch when required or none. Did much too much today. Didn’t use crutches; up and down stairs 4 times; no ice and I’m suffering - had to take oral morph tonight - 1st time in 3 weeks I think. Do cross with myself. Work rest and siesta after work the rest of this week I think.
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